Andrea McWilliams: Lobbyist and Supporter of the Arts

Hailed as the one of the finalists for Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s “Texas Businesswomen of the Year” in 2016 and as the 2009 Austin Business Journal top lobbyist in Texas, Andrea McWilliams has earned the reputation as a hard-working and highly skilled lobbyist, well known in Central Texas and nationally. Educated at The University of Texas in Austin, Andrea McWilliams quickly rose from her entry position as a file clerk at the Capitol to chief of staff for a state representative.

After leaving government and working for a public relations firm, Public Strategies, Inc., Andrea McWilliams blended her experiences in the public and private sectors to open the McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants, a firm she runs with her husband. Together, they draft policy for their clients and consult in a variety of areas.

Notably in Texas, she helped pass legislation to provide 100 million dollars in incentives to build a coal power plant in Texas that captures the carbon, making it more environmentally friendly than current plants. She also made a name for herself nationally fundraising for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign and vocally supported Ted Cruz in his 2016 presidential run.

Even while running her own business, Andrea McWilliams takes time to support philanthropic causes as well, notably many organizations working with the arts. She served on the board of Ballet Austin and helped set up their major charity event, Ballet Fete. She also participated in the University of Texas Blanton Museum of Art Gala. Andrea McWilliams helped support the Center for Child Protection volunteering as a dancer for Austin’s “Dancing With the Stars.” An advocate for visual arts, she also donates to the Mexi-Art Museum and Arthouse in Austin. For her local philanthropic work, Austin Fashion Week honored her with a well-deserved “Style Setter” award in 2017.